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Enjoy Your Adventure Trip to Puerto Rico in a Convertible Car

Enjoy Your Adventure Trip to Puerto Rico in a Convertible Car

Puerto Rico that is officially known as commonwealth of Puerto Rico is an autonomously controlled body of the United States of America located in the northeast Caribbean Sea. Puerto Rico is an archipelago Consistent of main island of Puerto Rico and a number of smaller islands and Keys.

The island is rich in a number of beautiful locations around it. Its central mountain range goes as high as 1,338 meter at Cerro de Punta and it is the only tropical rainforest in the United States. El Yunque in Puerto Rico is quite popular for its beaches, turquoise waters and soft yellow sand. It is a great tourist center and a number of cultures get merges here and nightlife here is exceptional beyond the expectation of a person to enjoy it.

Now in order to visit the island of Puerto Rico either you can reach there either on your own public transport that can be sometimes become cumbersome as against the traffic jams and stops where it would drop you. To get car on rent you can hire service of a car rental agency which may provide an affordable car rental service on a very reasonable price and rate. There are many methods to get a convenient car rental to be booked for a tour in Puerto Rico. You can get it booked it either from a next door car rental agency or do it online where you will get a plethora of car renting ideas even with many discounted offers.

It is now your turn to pick up the model of the car that you will use while traveling Puerto Rico. You can have car in economy, sub economy or in budget range. If you wish your tour to be great full of fun and frolic you in the category of car models can choose convertible cars which are great fun to be enjoyed. A convertible car is known as one that can be folded or removed; Some popular convertible cars are Mini Cooper, BMW 330ci, BMW Z4, Audi and Quattro. These cars are great as for the travelers who love enjoy sunlight, rainfall or snow fall.

You can have these convertible cars on rent from a number of car rental agencies in America which also ensures the safety of travelers. It is better to book the convertible car well well in advance to avoid instant botheration at the time of picking car at the rental agency. Any person above the age of 25 years with a valid driving license can have a car on rent. A person above the age of 30 years can have driving license for the convertible models of the cars such as Bentley, Lamborghini Viper and Ferrari. Car rental services as in Puerto Rico for convertible cars deliver services straight to all the important centers in the city. As payment for hiring convertible cars can be paid through credit card, debit card, checks, cash and traveler's check. Traveling in convertible cars is a great fun. …

Antique Piano Bench: Guide to Models, Designs and Bench Styles

Antique Piano Bench: Guide to Models, Designs and Bench Styles

Since the inception and design of the pianoforte and the modern grand piano in the 19th century, seating for the piano has been a necessity. This article offers and overview of the antique piano bench and its various styles and models as well as where and how to source. Being able to identify antique benches will enable you to purchase the correct model for your specific piano and decor.

Round stools are some of the most common models of antique piano benches, being used primarily for upright pianos and pump organs they are usually nominally priced and offer a contrasting furniture piece, however they are rarely suitable for regular use since they are unstable. Another common bench used frequently in the late Victorian era is the padded piano chair, usually quite large and of an ornamental design they were standard equipment with many parlor grands. The condition of these benches can vary, some still suitable for regular usage, others more appropriate to only complement your decor.

A functional and useful antique piano bench is the traditional duet bench with music storage, these benches can be attained in many finished and styles as well as in new condition. The main advantage regarding design is the ample storage as well as roomy bench seat. This bench was sold originally with many American upright and grand pianos. While this model bench serves its function as a bench, it will also compliment your interior design as well. Buying a new model has many advantages, the most important being the overall useful condition, a sturdy bench being a necessity for any pianist.…

The Difference of Wedding Customs Between China and America

The Difference of Wedding Customs Between China and America

The wedding custom is an important element of different cultures. Different traditions and customs can be represented vividly in the wedding customs, so wedding customs are of meaningful symbolic customs.

Apparently, the wedding customs of China and America reveal the traditional cultures of the two countries. The difference of wedding customs between China and America reveals the difference in thinking model, value orientation, and code of conduct as well as religion beliefs of the two countries.

The culture can influence people’s acknowledgment and the opinion towards the outside world. Different countries own their different culture. So, there sure is the difference in the thinking model which is represented obliviously between the two types of cultures.

As the development of the communication, the two countries’ wedding ceremonies influence each other also. Moreover, the combination of the two counties’ wedding ceremony shows that not only the culture conflict but also the culture combination exist. The thesis shows us a clear picture of the differences in the wedding customs between China and America and traces the reasons for the occurrence the differences.

The betrothal the preparation or things need to do after weddings are all different in the western and eastern countries.

The preparation for a Chinese traditional wedding day is complicated and busy. The installation of the bridal bed is an important element on the day before the wedding. An auspicious hour and a “good-luck woman” or “good-luck man”, that is a man or women with many children and living mates, will be selected to install a newly purchased bed. For the same reason, the bed was scattered with red dates, oranges, lotus seeds, peanuts, pomegranates and other fruits. Several chefs must be invited for preparing the wedding feast which usually takes place in the courtyard of the boy’s house. The bride has to bathe in water infused a variety of grapefruit the night before the wedding day to cleanse her evil and soften her skin.

There always a honeymoon after the wedding in America but which is not the must-have for Chinese pairs. From the ancient Anglo- Saxon customs, the groom needs to take his bride away immediately after the wedding to avoid the robbing of the bride by another man. Now honey moon is no more regarded as of this purpose, it is the most happy and expectable time for the new pair as the celebration of their new marriage.…

Top 10 Tips For Buying a Used Car

Top 10 Tips For Buying a Used Car

Today when it comes to getting a used car has become much easier with the invention of the internet. No longer do you need to look just at those available close to where you live but if you are willing to travel then you can look further afield by using many of the online auction sites and used car sites as well. Below we provide the top ten tips for buying a used car which you should be keeping in mind when trying to get your ideal one.

Tip 1 – Before you go ahead and buy a used car it is important that you do as much research into your chosen vehicle first. As well as looking through various internet used car listings then spend time reading through as many professional road test reviews that have been written. Also read as many reviews written and posted by people who currently own or have owned the model of car that you are interested in.

Tip 2 – Next you need to determine just how much the car is going to cost once you get it. Along with comparing the mileage ratings for the car that you are interested in you need to take into consideration what it is going to cost to upkeep the vehicle as well. There are plenty of websites online including the likes of fueleconomy.gov which provides you with the EPA mileage figures for any vehicle that has been made from 1986 to 2008. Plus sites like this will also tell you what kinds of greenhouse gas emissions the vehicle produces each year as well.

Tip 3 – The next thing you need to do is look at the cost of insuring the car you are interested in. Unfortunately the insurance premiums you pay on a vehicle are dependent upon a number of different factors. Along with the age of the driver and how much no claims bonus they hold the car’s sticker price will affect how much you pay in insurance for it, plus what it is going to cost to get it repaired, how safe the vehicle is and finally is it a vehicle which is likely to be stolen. What’s the point of purchasing a vehicle if only you cannot afford to get the insurance for it?

Tip 4 – If you need to arrange financing in order to purchase a used car then it is best if you arrange this through your bank or credit union as the rates they charge are considerably lower. Plus this puts you in a position with the dealership or owner of the vehicle to be able to get a better deal on the vehicle that you are after. Also before you go and get your financing it is worth checking your credit rating first to ensure that you won’t be hit by any unexpected problems that could affect what kind of financing deal you get. The three major credit reporting agencies are now by law required to …

HR Job Analysis by Job Characteristics Model (JCM)

HR Job Analysis by Job Characteristics Model (JCM)

Motivation in the work place can be achieved through both external (compensation) and internal factors. This article focuses on internal factors by analyzing the job characteristics model (JCM) which is one of the aspects in job design. First, the link between JCM and motivation will be discussed. Then, HR job will be analyzed by according to JCM dimensions with suggestions on how to enrich the job.

Job design as motivator

The purpose of job design is to create motivation in the workplace. The approaches to job design, such as JCM, based on the indirect effect on employees’ level of motivation. JCM, introduced by Hackman and Oldham,1976 consists of five dimensions: skill variety, task identity, task significance, autonomy and feedback. The level of each dimension can lead to each critical psychological state. The psychological state will affect the level of personal work and outcome which includes the level of internal work motivation.

Human resource job and JCM

HR job is analyzed below using the five core dimension of JCM. Skill variety is the degree to which the job requires a variety of activities using a variety of skills. HR officers need to perform many activities: training, compensation, employee benefits and labor relation. Therefore, this is a high degree in skill variety. Interpersonal and good listener skill is the most significant for labor relation and solves employee grievances. He or she also needs to have critical thinking to analyze training needs.

Task identity is the degree to which the job requires completion of a whole and identifiable piece of work. HR job is high in task identity since it provides the opportunity to complete the wide range of activities as mentioned.

Task significance is the necessities of the impact on the life or work of other people. HR job has a high degree of this since it directly impacts working life of employees. HR officers need to motivate people to work and create their work-life balance in order to achieve the best of their performance.

Autonomy is the degree of freedom for the individual to schedule his or her work and determine working procedures. Many HR managers stay in headquarter. and hardly visit the plant. Therefore, HR officers at the plant have a high level of autonomy to plan any work and conduct HR activities to achieve the target of company’s HR policies.

Feedback is the degree to which carrying out the work activities required by the job results in the individual obtaining direct and clear information about the effectiveness of performance. Employees provide feedbacks to HR department only whenever they thought there are problems because many of them are reluctant to talk to HR. Some employee provides feedback with unacceptable behaviour which can demotivate HR officers to work.

Creating greater motivation by job enriching

Therefore, HR job appears to be high in every dimension of JCM except feedback. HR job itself can motivate HR officers quite well but not to a very high level since they might not often get any …

All You Wanted to Know About Life Casting

All You Wanted to Know About Life Casting

In the ancient days, life-like, three-dimensional imitations of a deceased person’s body were created to transport him or her to the next world. This venerable art from the land of Egypt is now being practiced all over the world.

However, one no longer has to be dead to get a life cast done! Yes, realistic and perfectly detailed reproductions of the living and breathing human body are possible today. The 3D replica manages to capture every minute detail right down to the hair, skin texture, fingerprints and even the pores.

This cherished reflection can be captured from any part of the body and impressions of baby hands and feet are particular popular. So are pregnant bellies, intertwined hands, individual torsos and so on.

How is it done?

A life cast begins with making a body mold. In fact, this forms a crucial step and success depends on both the skill of the artist and the cooperation of the model. In fact, the model is only involved at this stage and the artist will work on his own during the casting.

The life casting artist will carefully instruct the model and decide on a pose that has to be maintained for a while. The artist will do his best to ensure that the model stays comfortable, secure and stationary.

The artist coats the body part with petroleum jelly or other release agent before slathering it with an alginate mixture. This alginate is a natural product that is derived from seaweed and is completely safe for the skin. Softer set variations are also available that is gentle for infant skin. Alternatively, the artist can opt to make the body mold with skin-safe silicone rubber too.

The mold making material is carefully applied on the body. Extra attention is needed when casting the face as the mold should capture the precise shape and yet the material should not enter the eyes, mouth or nose. Alginate molds are secured with plaster bandages to enable the mold to retain its shape.

The mold will set in a matter of minutes and it can be demolding by wriggling the face a bit. Now alginate molds should be cast quickly as the material tends to shrink and distort quickly. Plaster is generally the material of choice for making life casts. Resin life casts are also popular. It is even possible to make life casts in stone, metal or wood by using cold casting powders.

The casting material is carefully poured into the body mold. Care is needed to avoid air bubbles that can easily mar the perfection of the life cast. Once cured, alginate molds are usually broken away to reveal the life cast inside. The cast is then carefully finished (to correct any imperfections) and can also be painted or buffed as required.

The final life cast is a spitting replica and looks perfect is every way. It can be hung from a peg or displayed on a marble or wooden base.…

Welding Jobs: Ideas You Can Use At Home To Make Money Welding (No Boss While You Make $100,000)

Welding Jobs: Ideas You Can Use At Home To Make Money Welding (No Boss While You Make $100,000)

What if you could make $100,000 a year welding from home?

What if you could make even an extra $500 a month from home, using your current skills? If you are a welder with basic welding skills and you are between jobs or you are being under paid in your current job, it might be worth your time to read this article – let’s think outside the box for just a minute on how you can make money welding from home.

From Home Welding # 1:

Teaching or tutoring any skill is a very profitable business. In any town of any size you’ll see at least one tutoring business in a strip mall brick and mortar location. In that same town will be at least a dozen other tutors working from home, making good money.

Yes, most of the time they are tutoring math and reading to students. Lean back and think about what skills you have that can also be used in a tutoring business you can set up and milk cash from, like milk from a cow.

Let’s say you are good enough with TIG to weld razor blades or pop can butts.

If you can teach a non welder to operate a TIG torch good enough to go on and practice on their own at their home in about 3 hours of your hands on theirs – they will pay up to $100 an hour for 3 hours of TIG instruction. Just 2 students a day would bring you $100,000 a year. If you think I’m kidding I’m NOT! There are many reasons why education is so valuable – and that includes intense, focused tutoring in welding.

6G pipe welding is the highest paid of all welding certifications – most 6G welders make $100k to $300k a year – and demand is crazy. However, if you are a 6G welder and you want to stay home, you can set up and teach 6G in your garage. Let’s say you do this with 7 students, each paying you $10,000 for a 3 month course. Yes, they will pay it – especially if you show them how they will have more time with your hand on theirs (the #1 secret to learning 6G fast).

From Home Welding # 2:

I was in Palm Springs the other day. I have been in and around the trades for 30 years… and when you see a tradesman’s truck and it is late model without dents or many scratches, clean, organized and well equipped, it means (99% of the time) that guy is making money.

I pulled up to a light behind just such a truck – “Joe’s BBQ Service and Repair.” That’s it – that is all Joe does. He will weld cast aluminum or steel. He’ll clean and polish. He’ll replace a burner or a control. OR he’ll buy your old unit and sell / or sell you a new one.

Yes, you need a town with a lot of high …

Are You a Barbie Doll, Faded Beauty or Timeless Beauty?

Are You a Barbie Doll, Faded Beauty or Timeless Beauty?

Why do we as women go through so much to pain in order for men to look at us? I think that it is because we seek external approval to validate our existence. We feel that if we are perfect enough we will then be worthy enough to attract and keep true love, the perfect man who will adore and respect us. But the truth of the matter is no man is ever going to love and respect us more than we love and respect ourselves. Most women think of the perfect man as being wealthy and a perfect provider … the Alpha male. Read the characteristics of the so-called-perfect-man, and then determine if you are a Barbie Doll, Faded Beauty or Timeless Beauty.

Alpha Male

Who are alpha males Hugh Hefner, Donald Trump, Michael Jordan famous wealthy athletes, movie stars. Show me a man who is wealthy and famous, and I’ll show you a man who is 99.9% likely to be unfaithful in a committed relationship. The alpha male is the individual in the community whom the others follow and defer to. Humans and their nearest species-relatives, the chimpanzees, show deference to the alpha of the community by ritualized gestures such as bowing, allowing the alpha to walk first in a procession, or standing aside when the alpha challenges. Canines also show deference to the alpha pair in their pack, by allowing them to be the first to eat and, usually, the only pair to mate. The status of alpha is generally achieved by means of superior physical prowess. Listed below are some of the characteristics of the human alpha male.

o When a man is extraordinary wealthy it doesn’t matter how physically attractive he is because his wealth is a babe magnet.

o Women will always throw themselves at men who are wealthy, successful, or famous in order to improve their standard of living.

o Most alpha males even when they are in committed relationships, will seek sexual intimacy outside of the committed relationship.

o Most alpha males have difficulty interconnecting sex, love and loyalty into one package.

o Alpha males generally believe that he deserves to have more than one woman.

o Alpha males not only collect expensive cars, guns, cigars and antiques, their collection also include sexual relationships with beautiful women.

o Having a bevy of beautiful women is encouraged and expected behavior of wealthy successful men.

Alpha males need Barbie Dolls in order to maintain their ultra masculine male dominate status in society. Barbie Dolls have the ultra female characteristics that compliment his superior status.

Barbie Doll Characteristics include:

o Barbie dolls are plastic. You must spend money on cosmetic surgery to maintain your youthful appearance at all cost. Implants, liposuction, rhinoplasty, breasts lifts, cellulite removal, botox injections, chemical peels and other techniques to maintain or obtain your outer appearance are necessary in order to compete for his affection and attention.

o Barbie dolls do not talk. Alpha men need a woman who is not …

MARS Model of Individual Behavior and Results

MARS Model of Individual Behavior and Results

Companies are striving to answer many questions in efforts to benefit from positive employee behavior in the workplace. The goal of most companies is to foster a win-win situation for both the company and associate. What is the difference between a happy satisfied employee and a disgruntled unmotivated employee? Is it how much money he or she makes, or the amount of time they spend on the job? Is it the work environment? Does the position meet the needs of the employee? Can the employee successfully perform? Does the employee know the role they play in their organization? Has the manager provided their employees with the required tools to be successful? In fact, there is a model of individual behavior that answers these questions quite well. The MARS model of Individual Behavior and Results introduced in chapter two of Organizational Behavior, 4th edition (McShane & Von Glinow) is an excellent medium for creating the win-win relationship between the employer and associate.

This model identifies four interrelated elements that have an affect on employee performance; Motivation, Ability, Role perception and Situational factors. These factors are highly interrelated; for example, a data analyst is skilled in running reports (ability), self taught on how to use the latest tools to extrapolate data (motivation), and understands how this information will help management make decisions (role perception), but does not have the required access to the data files (situational factors). Unless all of the elements of the MARS model are satisfied, employee behavior and performance will be negatively impacted.

A successful manager will possess a clear understanding of the abovementioned elements and be able to apply them. Motivation is the internal influence affecting employees’ actions. Employers must meet the intrinsic needs of associates to fully capitalize on the motivation element of this model. In order to accomplish the job, employees must have the necessary abilities. Managers are responsible for ensuring their employees receive the required training and skills to be successful. Another critical function of the ability element is to place employees in positions that will effectively utilize their talents. The third element of the MARS model is role-perception. Staff members must have a clear understanding of where they fit in the organization and how they contribute to the overall mission. Comprehensive job descriptions with clear expectations will aid the associate in understanding the role-perception element. The final element is Situational factors. Employees must have all of the required tools, equipment and work space to accomplish the job.

How does a manager adopt the MARS model? Starting with motivation, employers must have a good relationship with employees and discover the driving force behind their actions. One well known theory of motivation organizations must consider is Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. In the workplace Maslow’s hierarchy levels are satisfied as follows:

Level 1 – Physiological & Body – Good salary and safe working conditions.

Level 2 – Safety and Security – Job training programs and enrichment.

Level 3 – Social & Friends – Team building seminars and …

Lin Zhi Ling – Model of Beauty and Brains in the Entertainment Industry

Lin Zhi Ling – Model of Beauty and Brains in the Entertainment Industry

Lin Zhi ling also known sometimes as Lin Chi Ling is one of the hottest and most beautiful raising star in Asia entertainment industry. In 2007, Lin Zhi ling was voted first in FHM Taiwan Magazine yearly top 100 Sexy Female and recently she starred in acclaimed director John Woo epic historical film “Red Cliff”. The film was her first role on the movie screen and reviews of her performances were largely positive. Recently filming of her second movie “Ci Ling” where she plays a novel writer has began and the movie is set to be released in the first quarter of 2010.

Lin Zhi ling Was born in Taipei before moving to Toronto Canada. She is one of Taiwan’s most famous model, host and actress. With sweet appearance, height 175 centimeters tall and charming personality, she has become the focus of attention in Taiwan society, the media dubbed her the title of “Taiwan’s first model” and “Taiwan No 1 Beauty”, and because of her popularity caused major changes in Taiwan’s society, scholars in Taiwan observed this cultural trend as “Lin Zhi ling phenomenon.”

After the completion of basic education in Toronto, Canada, she went to private religious schools and completed her high school education. Lin Chi Ling was then successfully admitted to University of Toronto in Canada to complete the Western art history and economics double degree. This prove to be a valuable achievement for her as the stereotype of a model is all beauty and no brains was avoided. Lin Zhi ling academic success along with her high EQ in handling the media has play a part in her popularity. In interviews, she credit her time in Canada for building her self discipline and focus.

Around 2000, she returned to Taiwan with original plan of a Art Gallery job, because of her”non-graduate of Art Institute” the gallery repeatedly refuse. Lin Chi ling switched to teaching in 2001 at Art School in Hanaoka teaching dancing part-time and was spotted by star scouts and this led to the beginning of her modeling career.

However in the competitive entertainment industry. she remain a widely unknown model until 2004 when media reports surface of her being romantically linked to popular male artist Jerry Yan. The news of the rumoured relationship lifted the public and media profile of Lin Zhi Ling.

Soon after, Lin Chi ling began appearing in more high profile advertisements and became a increasing well known celebrity. Her career hit a new high when she was selected as special guest host for the Golden Horse Award, the equivalent of the Oscars in Asia Entertainment industry. During the show, she embraced with top stars Andy Lau and Tong Leung, this was once again widely publicized in the media across Asia. Her hosting was criticized by some due to her trademark baby voice whereas others felt she had done a good job.

Her career took a twist however in 2005 when she was in China filming a advertisement and the horse she …